Teachers are an invaluable group, educating students on a variety of subjects that become important in later life. Music teachers provide students with a great avenue for expressing artistic ability while encouraging them to discover the power of melody, harmony, and composition. Whether teaching musical theory or vocal or instrumental training, music teachers also help students improve their memory, coordination, and reading and comprehension skills.
Like teachers of other subjects, music teachers use encouraging styles of instruction to engage students in the subject while following an approved curriculum. Though required to evaluate the progress of students, assign work and give tests, music teachers must also be able to recognize the individual learning needs students have. In addition to a love of teaching, they should also enjoy learning themselves, as teachers are frequently required to attend different conferences and participate in training workshops.
The responsibilities of a music teacher vary depending on age group and school curriculum. In elementary school for example, music teachers may instruct basic lessons like breathing or fingering, whereas in secondary school, music teachers may be responsible to teach more advanced work. In general, a music teacher requires patience, good communication skills, and high levels of motivation, in addition to musical training.
- Training and interest in music
- Approachable with good communication skills to work with students of all ages
- High levels of motivation and energy